Fiesta Drive-In

401 W. Fiesta Drive,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

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Fiesta Drive-In

The Fiesta Drive-In originally opened in 1948, with a single screen and capacity for 450 cars. The massive original screen tower had a mural of a Mexican man and woman dancing, and was animated with neon lighting. Above them was the theater’s name in Streamline style lettering. By 1955 it was operated by Frontier Theatres.

The Fiesta Drive-In closed in 1970, but was completely rebuilt in 1989 as a three screen drive-in with parking for over 600 cars, FM stereo sound, and a modern concession stand. The Fiesta Drive-In was open Friday through Monday year-round, but had closed by 2010. It was re-opened in the summer of 2012.

Contributed by Bryan

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I have it parking 623 cars ,Bryan and was owned by Frontier Theatres;they owned both Drive-ins there in 1956.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

Sad! Didn’t know this one had closed! Wow.. Anyone know the reason of it closing? Here’s a photo I took of the Fiesta Drive In back in 2008… Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

Driveintheatre2001 on April 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

**Update!! Their Website is now showing that the Fiesta Drive In Theatre will be reopening in under a month from now! Fiesta Website .. Good Luck to them all!!

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

KenLayton on April 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

This is good news! Glad to hear they will be open again. :)

zachrogers on September 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hello. My wife and I are currently the owners and managers of this theatre. Please see our website at for more information. Thanks for posting about us!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Here is there Facebook page…

I could not find a regular website.

KenLayton on June 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

It appears they only show single features.

Chris1982 on September 29, 2014 at 1:50 am

From their Facebook page: Family owned and operated for over twenty years. Digital projection on all three screens. Full concession menu such as burgers, nachos, hot dogs, fries, pizza and much more.

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